Final Reminder:

Close To Home Flyer

If you haven’t yet RSVP’d for the Briefing on the Implementation of the Close to Home Initiative with Deputy Commissioner Raye Barbieri on January 31st please RSVP to by January 26th, 2013. 



Save the Date! NYJJI to Cosponsor Child Welfare Watch forum on February 21st, 2013, 8:30am-10:30am. 

Child Welfare Watch: Brushes With The Law: Young New Yorkers and the Criminal Justice System. Vol 22. Winter 2012/2013

Child Welfare Watch: Brushes With The Law: Young New Yorkers and the Criminal Justice System. Vol 22. Winter 2012/2013

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How juvenile justice reforms can strengthen families and communities, and engage communities as well.
  • Can city government tap into the strengths of local groups that support teens and families?
  • How will community organizations find resources to participate, and work with families and young people? And how can families and residents hold the city’s juvenile justice system accountable so it does not repeat the mistakes of the old system?

More information to follow.


The NYJJI Executive Committee Organizing Evening Out in February for NYJJI members and Friends to Attend Lyrics from Lockdown at The National Black Theatre.


  • ALSO: Human Justice Sponsors: The NYJJI Executive Committee is organizing to sponsor youth to see the show. $2,500 will allow the house to be filled with youth, and The Center for NuLeadership and IJJRA, along with Correctional Association, have committed to organizing formerly incarcerated, youth on probation, and justice involved youth to attend the show. If interested in being a Human Justice Sponsor, please contact Penny ( or Matthew (
  • Here’s a review about the show from the New York Public Library:

“This unbelievably true story begins when Brooklyn’s own Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry  Champion, Bryonn Bain (“60 Minutes,” “The Village Voice,” BET-J’s “My Two Cents”), is wrongly imprisoned in NYC jails–while studying law at Harvard. Weaving together the critical and comedic voices of his seemingly dysfunctional Caribbean immigrant family, and a California choir boy sentenced to Death Row in Texas at 17, this multimedia solo performance tackles America’s  unresolved contradictions with a virtuosic sense of humor and breathtaking lyricism.  Thought-provoking and hilarious, 40 characters speak through one man on stage as this hip hop theater,  spoken word poetry, calypso, classical music and blues-infused concert experience has you on the  edge of your seat. Developed in prisons, public schools and on college campuses during the past  decade, the production is a “musical and verbal hurricane” (The Straits Times) featuring a video DJ, beat-boxing cellist, virtuoso guitarist and percussionist.  Lyrics from Lockdown  premiered last fall to a sold-out crowd at The Public Theater in New York City–as the grand finale of the NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival.”


  • In the Wall Street Journal: More assaults in New York State Juvenile Justice Centers. Read HERE.
  • On PBS: Should teens who committ serious crimes be tried as children or adults? Read and learn about the show HERE.
  • Looking Back and Casting Forward: An Emerging Shift for Juvenile Justice in America. Read about it HERE



  • Restorative Schools Conference, Monday, January 28th 2013, New York University: Learn from students and educators who practice restorative justice in their schools, and get ideas for how to strengthen your restorative program. Connect with others who want to end the school-to-prison pipeline, strategize for bringing positive discipline into your school, and contribute your experience and expertise to building a case for DOE support of alternatives to zero tolerance. Register Here
  • January 31, 2013, 10am-12pm: Briefing on the Close to Home Initiative Implementation With Deputy Commissioner Raye Barbieri  of the Division of Youth and Family Development (ACS). The Pinkerton Foundation, 610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 316, New York, NY 10020. RSVP to:
  • SAVE THE DATE: February, 21, 2013, 8:30am-10:30am: NYJJI Cosponsored event with Child Welfare Watch. More Information to Follow!